100 songs Long Islanders should know

As we prepare for the upcoming Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Gala on Oct. 18 at the Paramount in Huntington, we wanted to pull together a list of the songs that should be a source of civic pride.
These are the 100 songs every Long Islander should know -- songs by people from here, about here, and written and recorded here, that also have changed the world of music. And by here, we go along with the LIHoF's definition of Long Island: Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.
--GLENN GAMBOA

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5. "Rockaway Beach," Ramones

While there may be economic reasons why Rockaway Beach has become a hipster haven, this song certainly doesn't hurt the Queens beach's rep. The song is actually the Forest Hills band's biggest pop hit, reaching No. 66 in 1978, and it features all the hallmarks of their pioneering punk sound. Opening with a "1-2-3-4!" and clocking in at just more than two minutes, it's the East Coast, leather-jacketed, roaring-guitar answer to the Beach Boys' surf classics, complete with complaints about the bus and the importance of hitching rides.

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